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Lawyers and Poetry

Marx Greentree Sabel


[Photograph--compliments of Jane Kugelman] [October 18, 2008]

Marx Sabel was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1894. He was an only child.  His family moved to Jacksonville, Florida when he was still a young boy. His parents went to Europe every year, and his father loved to gamble in Monte Carlo. Sabel was sent away to a military academy at age 8, and at 14, he went  to college at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated in three years and  continued on to Columbia Law School. After law school, Sabel begin his legal practice in  Jacksonville.

Sabel married Rebecca Rosenblum, the oldest  of six children, after World War I and they had two daughters, one who died in 1988. 

[My thanks to Jane Kugelman, Mark Sabel's daughter who so graciously provided biographical information about her father, a photograph, and a collection of his poetry.]

A Marx Sabel poem:


I shall remember you as wistfulness,
As Petulance, and shadowy romance.
Growing more vivid as the years advance
You shall remain my memory. The dress
You wore on one impassible, proud day,
The way your hair meandered, tricks of speech,
All these, my riches, shall far overreach
Youth's gradual withdrawal, and decay.

There was no giving, no, and naught of asking,--
We were too filled with wonderment and awe.
There was no sudden, sensual unmaksing
To dissipate the beauty that we saw.
You shall remain intact, and always new
For dreams were all I ever had of you!

[Contemporary Verse Anthology1916-1920 47 (New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1920)]

Sabel was published frequently in Poetry. His poems in that magazine include:

"The Wise Man" (December 1924)
"The Core" (April 1922)
"Recordition" (April 1922)
"The Strange Load" (June 1921)
"No Good Thing" (June 1921)
"Jeremiad" (June 1921)
"Annotations" (June 1921)
"Appearances" (October 1919)